From Mrs Coote

Welcome Back to 2021 Events!

Who can remember back to this time last year? Life at school did not look as it does this year. Week 8 was our first week in lockdown, and COVID became our reality. Very few students came to school! Learning and church life happened online; businesses were closed, international and domestic travel stopped, shops and roads were deserted. Life, in general, needed to continue, but it did not look, sound, or feel the same. We were now living in an unknown world, and our leaders were doing their best to direct us through these challenging times.

Throughout 2020, COVID restrictions became the number one story of the day, and they regularly changed. One day parents could come to school, and the next, they could not. Parents and teachers both become exceptional users of Zoom and Google Teams.

Our ongoing prayers needed God’s wisdom and guidance during this time. The staff at William Carey believe that God holds all the knowledge and protects us from trouble. ‘You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.’ Psalm 32:7

Twelve months on, many things have changed. COVID still exists, but the way we manage it is vastly different one year later. Throughout New South Wales, we are incredibly excited that parents are invited back to be a part of their children’s learning. We are planning assemblies and other activities where parents will play a considerable role in celebrating student achievements. If you are available, please come along to these events, keeping COVID Safety restrictions in mind. We cannot wait to see you there!

Year 6 Camp to Canberra 

During Week 6, our Year 6 students had an amazing time exploring the sights of Australia’s Capital Territory. Canberra was their home for two nights, where they had a wonderful time with their friends and teachers. Some of the visited places included the National Electoral Education Centre, Mount Stromolo Observatory, The War Memorial, The National Museum of Australia, and Parliament House. Many opportunities were available to learn from their guides and to ask many relevant questions.

A huge thanks to all the staff who attended and to Mr Burns for his outstanding organisation. All had a wonderful time!!!

Tuesday 23rd March: K-6 Colour Fun Day Fundraiser

This coming Tuesday, 23rd March, K to 6 will be dressing up in different colours to raise money for our school friends over in Maphutseng. This initiative came from our Junior School Ambassadors, made up of Stage 3 students, who aim to serve our wider community by demonstrating leadership. If your child dresses up, please provide them with a gold coin donation. The colours for each grade are listed below: 

Kindergarten – Orange 

Year 1 – Red

Year 2 – Green 

Year 3 – White 

Year 4 – Black 

Year 5 – Blue 

Year 6 – Yellow 

Thursday 25th March: Year 6 Parent/Carer and Student BBQ – 5:30 – 7 pm

This evening has been designed to help you. It is an opportunity for you to reconnect with the other Year 6 families and learn more about life in Year 7 and what High School offers. A COVID safe plan is in place for this event, and you will need to sign in using a Service NSW QR when you arrive and maintain physical distancing.

Monday 29th March: ‘Night of the Notable’

The ‘Night of the Notables’ will be your opportunity to engage with the ALC students on their in-depth study of one famous or notable person they have studied. The COVID Safety Plan requires the evening to be broken up into each of the classes. Please note below the time for your child’s class: 

Year 3 parents 4:00 – 4:25

Year 4 parents 4:30 – 4:55

Year 5 parents 5:00 – 5:25

Year 6 parents 5:30 – 6:00

Upcoming Events

Week 9

Monday 22nd March: Prep Vision Screening

Tuesday 23rd March: Prep Parent Interviews, K – 6 Colour Fun Day Fundraiser for Maphutseng

Wednesday 24th March: IPSSO away game

Thursday 25th March: Prep Vision Screening, Year 6 Parent/Carer and Student BBQ

Friday 26th March: Yr 3 Science Cool Day

Week 10

Monday 29th March: Primary Talent Show, ALC ‘Night of the Notables’

Wednesday 31st March: Prep and K-6 Mufti day, Primary IPSSO home game

Thursday 1st April: LAST DAY TERM 1, Prep Mufti Day, Primary Easter Assembly

God bless,

Mrs Gillian Coote

Primary Deputy Principal